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Season 1 | Episode 10 | “Do Over” | Aired July 31, 2009

As much as we love Jack Gallagher, that’s how much Mental makes us hate Carl Belle. Carl is the half-inflated dark lord of Wharton Memorial Hospital, and in “Do Over,” he’s at his tyrannical worst.

But first, let’s rip your heart out and stomp on it for a few minutes. Jack’s search for his missing sister grows more hopeless by the day, with even the private investigator telling him that it doesn’t look good. He has a dream about her showing up on his doorstep and being tearfully reunited. This small sequence features some really wonderful dramatic acting from Chris Vance and is a nice reminder that Jack isn’t all fun and games … but man, it hurts.

Okay, back to the hospital. Jack walks into Veronica and Carl, who are arguing about Carl wanting a new laptop. “Hard-drive envy,” Veronica snipes, to which Jack quips, “It’s a guy thing.” Score one for Dr. Gallagher. Anyway, one of Carl’s old friends—and apparently a friend of Jack’s now ex-girlfriend Zan Avidan—drops off a new patient, Billy Bauer. Billy has been messed up both mentally and physically since a construction-site accident during which he was buried for several hours. Neither Carl nor Carl’s friend appreciates Jack’s sense of humor; Billy is eventually diagnosed with somatoform disorder and acute anxiety. But Jack doesn’t appreciate how Carl got to that diagnosis, nor his treatment plans, which naturally include more drugs.

Meanwhile, Veronica’s now-boyfriend Rylan Moore (Warren Kole) has walked out on a patient in the ER and is smoking a cigarette over it. Said patient was the client who not only brutally beat up the prostitute Rylan just treated, but then also decided to open his mouth to the good doctor. It might have been really unprofessional, but we kind of get where Rylan is coming from on this one. Veronica doesn’t look like she does.

Jack visits Billy’s employer to find out more about the accident that caused his present circumstances. Billy’s former boss contradicts the existing version of events, saying that while Billy did fall about 20 feet beneath the surface, he was never buried. He spent most of the eight hours he was stuck flirting with the paramedic on the scene. While we process that, Jack is still at the hospital several hours later, since he doesn’t have anything to go home for. This is good news for Billy, as Jack is there to call a code when his patient is in distress and suffering from a triple-digit fever.

Of course, Carl isn’t bothered by this at all. Nora allows Jack to assume responsibility for Billy, which begins with our hero trying to get to know the patient better. Billy describes dreams he’s been having, which are an awful lot like being in a mine, and admits to fudging the truth about his predicament when Jack calls him on the inaccuracies. But there’s another correction to be made: The paramedic turned ex-girlfriend, Annie, tells Jack that Billy dumped her, not the other way around. Jack brings Annie to see Billy, much to Carl’s disapproval. Jack gets a certain amusement out of Carl’s disapproval.

But hey, where’d all that blood come from? Nobody knows, but Jack is going to need a new shirt. Billy blames Annie for his spontaneous injuries, saying that she was part of his dreams. At Carl’s suggestion, Jack asks Billy for the name of the building they were demolishing; Billy says Rose Park Apartments, which corresponds to a mine disaster in 1903. While he learns more about that tragedy, Rylan tells Veronica that he’s now contemplating leaving Los Angeles for Austin, and we all know that’s not going to happen. Rylan subsequently resigns, without mentioning it to his girlfriend.

Carl is in his office admiring a picture of his family (wait, someone married this guy?) on his new laptop when Jack presents his findings. He sends Jack off to learn about past-life regression, prompting Jack to take another unsanctioned late-night trip—this one with Billy back to the scene of his accident. He confronts Billy with information about the Rose Park disaster and suggests that in a past life, Billy was the last survivor and Annie was the man’s wife. Billy heads to Carl’s friend to separate past and present, and hopefully resolve his symptoms, while Nora and Jack debate the possibilities of a do-over.

But the best is yet to come. Carl tells Jack that he had the same suspicions about Billy all along, yet let Jack take the bullet for such an outlandish theory. Jack warns him that if he ever withholds information again, one of them will be unconscious. Rylan says goodbye to an upset Veronica, just before Jack is kicked out of bed by … holy crap, that really is his sister this time. Things are about to get even more interesting, which is saying a lot when you’re talking about Wharton Memorial.

Mental is available on DVD.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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